Franztini
  • Review count
    279
  • Helpfulness votes
    1,012
  • Average rating
    4.6
    4.6 out of 5
  • First Review:
    July 30, 2013
  • Last Review:
    January 10, 2020
 
  • Question count
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      Activity Summary
       
      • Review count
        279
      • Helpfulness votes
        1,012
      • Average rating
        4.6
        4.6 out of 5
      • First Review:
        July 30, 2013
      • Last Review:
        January 10, 2020
       
      • Question count
        7
         
        • Answer count
          75
           
           
           
           
          Franztini's Reviews
           
          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          I hate cleaning grout in the shower and I can't afford to install a solid sheet of stone, so this...
          PostedOctober 8, 2019
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          I hate cleaning grout in the shower and I can't afford to install a solid sheet of stone, so this was an excellent option.  I was a little concerned that it would look fake, but wow, it looks fabulous!  Each panel has a unique pattern and it looks like real honed marble.  Obviously, when you feel it, it does not have the cold touch as real stone, but I find that to be a positive. 
          The installation instructions state you can install this over existing tile but we knew we had dry rot, so we ripped out the tile and installed Gold Bond purple XP Gypsum board (Model:50001464). As with tile, you need to install these walls 1/8" above your tub deck.  The two center panels 'clip' together with a Read More
          I hate cleaning grout in the shower and I can't afford to install a solid sheet of stone, so this was an excellent option.  I was a little concerned that it would look fake, but wow, it looks fabulous!  Each panel has a unique pattern and it looks like real honed marble.  Obviously, when you feel it, it does not have the cold touch as real stone, but I find that to be a positive. 
          The installation instructions state you can install this over existing tile but we knew we had dry rot, so we ripped out the tile and installed Gold Bond purple XP Gypsum board (Model:50001464). As with tile, you need to install these walls 1/8" above your tub deck.  The two center panels 'clip' together with a tongue and groove which makes it look seamless.  We had to cut it to fit around a window and used a circular saw with a fine tooth blade.  Overall, it was easy to install but did take two days because you have to set the walls in place with pressure applied to them for at least 24 hours until you put on the sealant. Looks fabulous and no more grout to clean!   Read Less
          Pros: Durable, Easy to Clean, Easy to Install, Easy to Use, High Quality
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          +6points
          6out of 6found this review helpful.
           
          Home Decorators Collection Boulder Pine 12mm Thick x 8.03 in. Wide x 47.64 in. Length Laminate Flooring (15.94 sq. ft. / case), Medium
           
          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          This flooring has a rustic look which I like. The laminate has a great texture that makes it look...
          PostedSeptember 23, 2019
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          This flooring has a rustic look which I like. The laminate has a great texture that makes it look and feel like real wood.  The color is a 'true' gray with a cream undertone.  I took the picture on top of the Cross Sawn Oak Gray flooring (Model# 368501-0026 - which I LOVE!) which has a yellower tone so you can see the difference. 
          The shipping was fast and the flooring arrived well package and undamaged.  The first thing I noticed is this flooring is HEAVY.. As with most laminate flooring, the smallest piece has to be 12" or longer, but the spacing between the seams in this floor is minimum of 6" which is much smaller than normal, which is usually 12". I guess because of the wider plank, Read More
          This flooring has a rustic look which I like. The laminate has a great texture that makes it look and feel like real wood.  The color is a 'true' gray with a cream undertone.  I took the picture on top of the Cross Sawn Oak Gray flooring (Model# 368501-0026 - which I LOVE!) which has a yellower tone so you can see the difference. 
          The shipping was fast and the flooring arrived well package and undamaged.  The first thing I noticed is this flooring is HEAVY.. As with most laminate flooring, the smallest piece has to be 12" or longer, but the spacing between the seams in this floor is minimum of 6" which is much smaller than normal, which is usually 12". I guess because of the wider plank, this can be done.  This is great, because in smaller rooms, you will have less waste because you won't have to cut off too much of the plank to meet the 6" seam span. The boards clip together easily.
          Another difference on this flooring is the under layment.  If you want the waterproof to work, you need to install either asphalt-saturated kraft paper or #15 or #30 felt paper as well as a sound control under layment.  This obviously will add to the per square foot cost installed, but that should be expected with the benefit of it being waterproof.
          Great product and quality! Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Install, Feels Like Wood, High Quality of Material, Looks Great, Looks Like Wood
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          +4points
          4out of 4found this review helpful.
           
          Home Decorators Collection Breckenridge Oak 12mm Thick x 8.03 in. Wide x 47.64 in. Length Laminate Flooring (15.94 sq. ft. / case), Light
           
          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          When I first opened up the box and started pulling out the planks, I thought the flooring looked ...
          PostedSeptember 22, 2019
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          When I first opened up the box and started pulling out the planks, I thought the flooring looked fake. I just installed 2000 sq ft of Cross Sawn Oak Grey (Model# 368501-0026) which has scores in it that gives it a more 'natural' look. Well after clicking a few planks together, I love it! It is a true brown with color from creme to a med/dark brown.
          The super wide planks are awesome. As with most laminate flooring, the smallest piece has to be 12" or longer, but the spacing between the seams in this floor is minimum of 6" which is much smaller than normal, which is usually 12". I guess because of the wider plank, this can be done.  This is great, because in smaller rooms, you will have Read More
          When I first opened up the box and started pulling out the planks, I thought the flooring looked fake. I just installed 2000 sq ft of Cross Sawn Oak Grey (Model# 368501-0026) which has scores in it that gives it a more 'natural' look. Well after clicking a few planks together, I love it! It is a true brown with color from creme to a med/dark brown.
          The super wide planks are awesome. As with most laminate flooring, the smallest piece has to be 12" or longer, but the spacing between the seams in this floor is minimum of 6" which is much smaller than normal, which is usually 12". I guess because of the wider plank, this can be done.  This is great, because in smaller rooms, you will have less waste because you won't have to cut off too much of the plank to meet the 12" seam span.
          Another difference on this flooring is the under layment.  If you want the waterproof to work, you need to install either asphalt-saturated kraft paper or #15 or #30 felt paper as well as a sound control under layment.  This obviously will add to the per square foot cost installed, but that should be expected with the benefit of it being waterproof. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Install, Feels Like Wood, Looks Great, Looks Like Wood
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          +4points
          4out of 4found this review helpful.
           
          Home Decorators Collection Selborne Oak 12mm Thick x 8.03 in. Wide x 47.64 in. Length Laminate Flooring (15.94 sq. ft. / case), Light
           
          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          The shipping was fast and the flooring arrived well package and undamaged.  The first thing I not...
          PostedSeptember 22, 2019
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          The shipping was fast and the flooring arrived well package and undamaged.  The first thing I noticed is this flooring is HEAVY.  I just installed over 2000 sq ft of Home Decorators Cross Sawn Oak Gray laminate flooring (Model# 368501-0026 - which I LOVE!), The flooring is also 12mm thick but the wider plank and the waterproof (I think) makes this flooring heavier and thicker. 
          I laid the boards on top of the Cross Sawn Oak flooring to help with the color rendering. Both my husband think there is a slight pink undertone. We don't have a large project, so it might just be the number of boxes we got had this tone. The super wide planks are awesome.
          As with most laminate flooring, the Read More
          The shipping was fast and the flooring arrived well package and undamaged.  The first thing I noticed is this flooring is HEAVY.  I just installed over 2000 sq ft of Home Decorators Cross Sawn Oak Gray laminate flooring (Model# 368501-0026 - which I LOVE!), The flooring is also 12mm thick but the wider plank and the waterproof (I think) makes this flooring heavier and thicker. 
          I laid the boards on top of the Cross Sawn Oak flooring to help with the color rendering. Both my husband think there is a slight pink undertone. We don't have a large project, so it might just be the number of boxes we got had this tone. The super wide planks are awesome.
          As with most laminate flooring, the smallest piece has to be 12" or longer, but the spacing between the seams in this floor is minimum of 6" which is much smaller than normal, which is usually 12". I guess because of the wider plank, this can be done.  This is great, because in smaller rooms, you will have less waste because you won't have to cut off too much of the plank to meet the 12" seam span.
          I knocked off a star just because of the pink undertone, otherwise I highly recommend. Read Less
          Pros: Feels Like Wood, Looks Great, Looks Like Wood
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          +5points
          7out of 9found this review helpful.
           
          Home Decorators Collections Disher Oak 8mm Laminate Flooring brings you value and durability at an affordable price. You dont have to worry about lifes everyday spills and accidents with Disher Oaks 24HR Water Resistant Technology. Disher Oak features a durable AC-3 wear layer, allowing it to withstand everyday wear and tear. With a 30 year Residential Warranty, your homes floor is protected (see warranty guide for more details). Stylish yet timeless, Disher Oaks subdued gray color and matte finish create the perfect backdrop to any space. Angle Tap technology is suitable for both professional and Do It Yourself Installation. Disher Oak has achieved GREENGUARD Golds indoor air quality certification, ensuring that its met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of VOCs into indoor air. Let Home Decorators Collections Disher Oak bring value, beauty, and durability to your next project. Color: Light.
           
          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          I am looking for waterproof laminate flooring because I hate tile! This flooring is a true grey w...
          PostedSeptember 22, 2019
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          I am looking for waterproof laminate flooring because I hate tile!
          This flooring is a true grey with cream/white/dark gray veining.   I took the picture on top of the Cross Sawn Oak flooring (Model# 368501-0026 - which I LOVE!) which has a yellower tone so you can see the difference. I found this flooring difficult to click in place which was surprising since the Cross Sawn Oak was easy - and it is 12mm! Overall, The floor looks good once you get the boards in place, but I just felt the quality was not as good as the non-water proof Cross Sawn Oak which is less. I know it isn't water proof, but the laminate is thicker and the quality is much better.
          I was going to knock off 2 stars for Read More
          I am looking for waterproof laminate flooring because I hate tile!
          This flooring is a true grey with cream/white/dark gray veining.   I took the picture on top of the Cross Sawn Oak flooring (Model# 368501-0026 - which I LOVE!) which has a yellower tone so you can see the difference. I found this flooring difficult to click in place which was surprising since the Cross Sawn Oak was easy - and it is 12mm! Overall, The floor looks good once you get the boards in place, but I just felt the quality was not as good as the non-water proof Cross Sawn Oak which is less. I know it isn't water proof, but the laminate is thicker and the quality is much better.
          I was going to knock off 2 stars for the quality, but the fact that it is waterproof is a great feature, so I added back a star. Read Less
          Pros: Looks Great
          Cons: Difficult to Install
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          +3points
          3out of 3found this review helpful.
           
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          Use this Loctite 10 fl. oz. PL Premium Advanced Polyurethane Construction Adhesive for indoor or outdoor projects that require a water-resistant, low-VOC adhesive. This adhesive is ideal for humid areas and is compatible with woodwork, concrete, stone, brick, hardwood floors, coated wood, drywall and metal.
           

          The interior vinyl trim (similar to the JELD-WEN - Window Vinyl Interior Flat Trim) around my ret...

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          Franztini
          December 9, 2018
          The interior vinyl trim (similar to the JELD-WEN - Window Vinyl Interior Flat Trim) around my retrofit vinyl windows are loose on a few of my windows. Can I use this to reattached the trim?
           

          How random is the pattern of the boards? I installed Traffic Master Lakeshore Pecan (looks great...

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          Franztini
          June 28, 2018
          How random is the pattern of the boards? I installed Traffic Master Lakeshore Pecan (looks great) but they only had about eight different patterns so you had to make sure to open all the boxes and sort by pattern before you could lay out your floor otherwise you might have the same pattern next to each other.
           
          Grace Roof Detail Membrane is the only product available today designed specifically for waterproofing critical roof detail areas. Based on the Grace Ice and Water Shield technology, Grace Roof Detail Membrane is a flexible product that conforms tightly to common roof details such as skylights, chimneys and dormer walls. Available in 9 in. and 18 in. W, it is the optimal choice for valleys and transition areas such as ridges, rake edges and drip edges.
           

          Use under a deck? I have a porch that is over my garage. I am replacing my porch and need to wate...

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          Franztini
          June 27, 2017
          Use under a deck? I have a porch that is over my garage. I am replacing my porch and need to waterproof it. I was thinking of installing this product over 5/8" plywood and then install decking on top. Would this create a water proof barrier?
           
          BEHR Premium Plus 1 gal. Deep Base Low-Luster Enamel Porch and Floor Paint is suitable for a variety of indoor and outdoor projects, including painting basements, porches, floors, decks and patios. This low-luster acrylic latex paint is resistant to UV damage, scuffing, fading, cracking and peeling. It offers improved hiding properties for efficient coverage.
           

          I have a concrete shower base that needs to be repainted. Can I use this paint? I am not lookin...

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          Franztini
          February 25, 2017
          I have a concrete shower base that needs to be repainted. Can I use this paint? I am not looking for a water proof membrane, just a paint that can handle water. Thanks!
           
          The 14-19/64 in. x 9-19/64 in. 1,000-Watt White Wall Heater features louvers that direct heated air downward for even distribution throughout an area. This wall heater can be operated from a convenient wall-mounted line-voltage thermostat by using the Broan model 86W. The thermal overload protection feature helps provide safe use. Size: 15.0 In..
           

          Can I use a different thermostat?

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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          November 4, 2014
          I see that this heater works with the Broan 86W thermostat, but was wondering if I can use another manufacturer's thermostat? I would like the ability to have the ability to do daily scheduling. If so, which one or what would be the specifications.
           
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          Upgrade any kitchen with this sleek Samsung slide-in gas range. It blends seamlessly with your cabinetry to give your kitchen a high-end look and offers flexibility for big cooking jobs, from its five-burner cooktop to its large-capacity 5.8 cu. ft. oven. It also features True Convection, for beautifully even cooking that takes less time and uses less energy. And with a reversible cast iron griddle and custom wok grate, this slide-in gas range is the perfect range for anyone who loves to cook and entertain. Color: Stainless Steel.
           

          Island Install, top flanges

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          Mike
          June 21, 2016
          I see the range has flanges on either side of the unit for a finished "built-in" look. Do those flanges go around the back (where the vent is)? How is the back edge finished? Does it butt to the counter, require a small gap, sit above the counter, etc…?

          I want to avoid having a gap visible on the backside of the range in the island. The GE Profile slide-in range has a flange on three sides, with a built-in vent cover at the back. It looks like a drop-in cooktop, look I want.
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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          June 23, 2016
          Answer: 
          The flange does go all the around. We had our quartz installer/manufacturer actually make a cut out for the stove to slide in as we wanted the quartz between the wall. I don't know what type of material you are going to have on your island, but you could do the same thing to avoid the gap.
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          Awash with a warm cinnamon finish, this 60-in. double vanity is full-bodied and sits flush with the floor. It is an attractive, elegant piece with an upscale look. Two sets of double doors, one right and one left, and three middle drawers are equipped with black birdcage-style handles that produce a vintage appearance. The vanity's solid, seamless construction gives homeowners and contractors the sense that it is custom-built, while the generous storage space within accepts bathroom accessories aplenty. Cap this furniture-style bathroom vanity with a top-sink-faucet combination that ties the room together. Browse the Foremost Naples lineup for mirrors and wall-linen cabinets in the same cinnamon finish for a complete look.
           

          What vanity top and/or faucet did you use on this vanity and how nice did it end up looking? Model numbers would help. Thanks.

          Asked by
          Supersan77
          June 18, 2016
          I'm leaning towards getting this vanity, and wondering what tops or faucets look nice with it. Please if possible include model number or similar info so I can locate it to see the price and buy. Thanks.
          Asked by
          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          June 20, 2016
          Answer: 
          Hi, In my review I listed the top I used as well as pictures: The top is Pegasus 61 in W Granite Vanity Top - Model # 62684, I used the Kohler Devonshire 8" widespread faucets - Model # K-R394-4-CP; I think it turned out really nice. Overall great cabinet.
           
          Tired of recoiling your garden hose after each use. This coiled hose may be the answer you're looking for. It expands and retract easily and the hanging rack can be easily mounted for convenient storage.
           

          does the hose come with the wire holder?

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          Stevep
          texas
          April 6, 2016
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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          May 22, 2016
          Answer: 
          The one I got came with a nice holder, but it was not the wire basket.
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          Add the beauty of maple wood to your floors with Vintage Maple Natural Engineered Click Hardwood Flooring. Crafted in Johnson City, TN to exacting standards, this durable flooring has five layers of solid wood permanently bonded together in a cross-ply design. The engineered click style makes it easy to install; simply hold the long sides at an angle and press them down. CARB Phase II Certified, this flooring contains no HDF or other fiber boards. An aluminum oxide finish provides 10 times more abrasion resistance than an ordinary urethane finish. The result is stylish, stable planks with exceptional strength and humidity resistance and three installation options (glue-less, floating, or glue down).
           

          Does this flooring have to sit & acclimate before installation or can you install it right when you get it?

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          Paul
          Houston Tx
          May 17, 2016
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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          May 21, 2016
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          According to the manufacturer it does not have to sit and acclimate.
           
          Gilmour Gilmour 5/8 in. Dia x 25 ft. Flat Soaker Water Hose
          Gilmour Gilmour 5/8 in. Dia x 25 ft. Flat Soaker Water Hose
          The Gilmour 5/8 in. Dia x 25 ft. Flat Soaker Hose has a flat hose shape that's designed to be flexible and easy to handle to help make watering tasks easy. It is Flexible and easy-to-handle design.
           

          What is this hose made of? Is it a flat, inflatable, nylon-type material?

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          CZfield
          Washington State
          April 20, 2016
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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          April 25, 2016
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          I am not sure what material but it is flat. They were absolutely horrible. I purchased 10 and every single one of them worthless after one summer season in the garden - they had huge holes. Someone posted that they got them to last longer by using a reducer. I would not buy them.
           
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